Rainbo’s Jan Kopis Passes Away

Jan Kopis / Team Rainbo Skater passed on into the next life.

Per Cale Carvell:

“I would like to let everyone know of the passing of one of the best Team Rainbo members ever……Jan Kopis.  Jan was the perfect representative of our team, of all skaters, and human beings in general. His always positive and upbeat energy was infectious to anyone one who was around him. He was a long time Team Rainbo member and a great friend to many of us. We know he will be skating on the clouds. He will be missed greatly but never forgotten. We love you Jan, thank you for being a part of our lives.   Our hearts go out to Lois (skate mother) for her unending support of Team Rainbo. Her love for Jan was obvious to all who were with them together. Our support and love is always there for her………Cale”

Per Roger Olson:

“Since 2008 Virginia and I have traveled back to IL in our coach/RV to be with family and train/race with Team Rainbo. Jan and I have competed long before then at races all over the USA becoming friends so staying longer in Chicago gave us many hours of training together for these many years… Jan so enjoyed skating, huge supporter of Team Rainbo and our sport. He will be missed by many of us skaters that have had the pleasure to know him. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jan… you will be skating with me every time I strap on my skates…. peace be with you my friend…. Virginia and Roger.”

The Formal Obituary:

F. Jan Kopis, age 73, Sunday, November 27,2016. Beloved husband of Lois(Wehrmann)Kopis; loving father of Kelly(Todd) Swikle and Casey(Craig)Tome; cherished grandfather of Claire, Kevin, Carter, Griffin, Mary, and Sean. Dear brother of Maralee Kopis and the late Donald Kopis,also brother to Jon(Liz)Katz and Wendy Katz. Fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. Jan was a lifelong Downers Grove resident, a local Real Estate Broker, Member and Board of Director Emeritus with the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce, Park Board Commissioner, Village of Downers Grove Commissioner, Board Member of the Grove Foundation, and avid inline skater. A Memorial Visitation will take place Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. at Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. A Memorial Mass will take place Friday, December 2, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Downers Grove, 10 a.m. Contributions to the www.k9sfor warriors.org or www.thegrovefoundation.org would be appreciated.